Renewable Energy for Remote Communities Program
Delivered by Coast Funds and the Fraser Basin Council under the CleanBC Plan
As part of CleanBC, the Province of B.C.’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) Program will assist remote communities in B.C. to reduce their reliance on diesel by funding the capital costs of renewable electricity projects. The program is designed to complement other initiatives that assist remote communities as they undertake energy planning, increase energy efficiency, and decarbonize their energy systems.
The RERC Program is a key part of the Province’s Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES), announced in the CleanBC Plan. The Strategy targets the 22 largest diesel generating stations in B.C. and aims to reduce province-wide diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80 per cent by 2030.
On behalf the Province, the Fraser Basin Council and Coast Funds will provide up to $16.5 million to remote communities to develop renewable electricity projects. Coast Funds is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with First Nations located in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii regions. The Fraser Basin Council is responsible for delivering the RERC Program with all other remote communities in B.C.
The program will support renewable electricity projects by funding construction activities such as engineering, contract labour, equipment for project construction, training, technology procurement, and associated materials.
Program details will be announced in December 2019. Over the next month, FBC and Coast Funds will engage in discussions with remote communities about the design of the RERC program. Program guides and application forms will then be made available on the Coast Funds and FBC websites.
RERC Eligible Communities
The RERC program will be administered by the Fraser Basin Council for these communities.
Good Hope Lake
Queen Charlotte City
Tsay Keh Dene
The RERC program will be administered by Coast Funds for these communities.
For communities where the program is administered by by Coast Funds: please visit the Coast Funds website for more information contacts.
For communities where the program is administered by the Fraser Basin Council: please contact:
Learn about additional clean energy funding programs available for communities on the Province of BC's List of Funding Opportunities for Clean Energy Projects Led by First Nations and Local Governments.